Coopers Sparkling Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

636 Ratings
Coopers Sparkling AleCoopers Sparkling Ale

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Photo of RBorsato
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden color with a low white head but nice carbonation. Fruity ale aromas and flavors ... apples and some pear on the nose. Primarily apples in the flavor with some tart characteristics. Light-medium bodied with a dry tart/sour fruit finish.

Don't bother.

Per Label: "Est. 1862" & "Bottle Fermented"

Best Before: 08.08.08
Tasted: 06/28/07

($1.99 / 12.7 oz. brown twist off bottle with "Coopers" logo embossed around the neck (4X)"

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a very finely beaded head that fades to a thin swirl. Slight lacing. The aromas are sweet with bready malt and some bright fruit, but it is by no means heavy. The taste is similar with nicely balanced fruit and bready malt, with a fruity and crisp bitterness on the finish. Smooth and easy to drink. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy/pulpy looking yellow with a pretty sad little head and no lacing.The nose is not inviting at all,it smells sour and confuzed.The taste is a little better with some fruits apples and banana,faint bready malts too with some slightly sour/tart hops.The body is medium to light with a texture similar to that of pulp free orange juice,I thought I would actually feel the yeast,it looked so plentiful on the pour.Pretty drinkable stuff overall,I could see how it would be nice on a hot humid day in the outback,but,I probably won't revisit this one for a while.

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Photo of monkeybeer
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden-orange amber with a to of carbonation, looks more like a champagne or a cider in the glass than a beer.
S- A lot of citrus with some hops and malt mixed in.
T/M- It was very crisp and refreshing. It was defiantly sparkling. The beer has a nice citrus taste and was well balanced with hops and malt.
D- I would defiantly get this again. I tried it when I was out to dinner at the outback, but I will pick it up next time at my local BevMo

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Photo of PorterLover83
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one appears to have a hazy gold color with no head on it. The first whiff gave me some fruity undertones with a decent floral hop presence. Taste was a little more on the hop side than I was expecting with some malt coming through to kinda even it out. Mouthfeel was good balance and kinda crisp on the lighter side.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at Outback, from bottle into tulip glass

A- Moderate yellow, somewhat cloudy with some yeast at the bottom. Beer had a very carbonated look like a champagne.

S- Mostly citrus, with some hops

T- Not a bad flavor, much like a pale ale, but not quite as bitter as most.

M- Highly carbonated, and light.

D- I would say its good, but too carbonated for my taste. It seems as far as going for the sparkling aspect it is very good. I would prefer a standard pale ale over this usually.

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Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I get this at Outback Steakhouse and used to drink it quite often when I worked there. 12 oz bottle poured into a shaped pint.

A: Poured a golden amber with a bit of sediment floating and resting at the bottom. Had some decent, fizzy head that left a good amount of lacing on the glass.Lots of carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass. This looks like a very bubbly Hefe.

S: You get a lot of citrus here. Some more fruit comes out (maybe apple), floral hops and a touch of malt on the back end of the scent.

T: Nice flavors of orange, lemon, peer, and (yet again, possibly) apple. This beer still has a light hoppiness on the finish but it is well balanced with a touch of smooth malt.

M: Very sparkling and bubbly with a good amount of carbonation. The end of the taste still has a creaminess sensation. Very nice.

D: Very drinkable but I can't afford it because Outback is the only place I can pick it up. No local retailers of this brew. Very good though.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy (more or less depending on how much sediment you pour into the glass) golden-orange color with small ring of head.

Sweet malty and estery scents. Some banana, marshmallow, slight caramel, bit of apple, maybe cherry.

Not too much in the taste department, comes of pretty light and a tad watery. Bit of citrus and spice stand out from a lightly diacetyl malt background.

Lively, crisp feel, despite the name, the carbonation could be more aggressive, but still pretty strong. Not bad at all for an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of TwinSox33
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent Aussie Brew! Now..this is what one should be drinking if one wants to truly experience Australian beer! (Fosters here isn't even made there!) This Ale is sparkling indeed! Smooth yet effervescent mouthfeel, yeasty and citrusy-like hops, followed off by just an ever-so-bitter tinge at the end. Quite Quaffable! Not a bad ABV either. I can get a 24 pack of this for $14.99 surprisingly.

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Photo of Portertime
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this one at Outback Steakhouse. I was a little wary after trying the twin bombs James Boag's Premium Lager and Tooheys New Draught. I was pleasently surprised. Poured a fine bubbley gold reminiscent of Champagne. Smelled of nice sweet, fruity malts. Tasted a hint of apple and other fruits. Very quaffable.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including in a trade -
Had on 02/29/08, reviewed from notes:

Pours golden with a thin head.

The smell is of sweet grain, some light fruitiness, some grassy notes.

The taste is of sweet grain and light fruits.

Light, effervescent and pretty crisp.

Might be okay as a heat-beater. It has something to it, but nothing particularly special, IMO. A classic that was probably better years ago relative to what was out there then compared to now.

A classic brew that I'm glad to have a chance to have - Thanks again, John.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.8oz brown bottle with "Best Before" date, poured into pint glass:

A: Slight sediment in the bottom, as expected. This one pours a hazy straw colored yellow, just like a hefe but slightly more orange. Nice short white head.

S: Citrusy hops dominate the with a tinny odor on the back end.

T/M: A good medium bodied English Pale Ale with a moderate to heavy carbonation. The hop oils give this a bitter character that is expected from Aussie beers. Slight pine taste in the middle, then back to the hops for the closer.

D: Sessionable. This one has everything you need with nothing over the top.

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Photo of foles
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad drop. The beer presents like a wheat beer, cloudy hazy, maybe a little more orange than a wheat. The mouthfeel is a little citrusy, with heavy body and a bit of sparkle. The finish is similar but the sparkle (strange isnt it) starts to take over. Its a nice touch.

There is not a huge difference to the Coopers Pale Ale, except maybe the sparkle and the higher alcohol in this one.

Very nice, I might have my next out of the bottle because for some reason the pale ale is more drinkable out of the bottle than in a glass.


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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl oz single bottle purchased from Total Wine and More for $1.49...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, straw-colored appearance that really resembled a witbier more than anything with a fine layer of sediment at the bottom along with slight carbonation and minimal lacing...
Sweet, citrus and fresh floral aroma bursting through on this one...
Taste strongly complemented the flavor with obvious nuances of fresh, ripe fruit, sweet citrus, florals, slight grapefruit, and pears...
Good, bubbly, sparkly mouthfeel with rich and creamy influences along with an excellent level of easy drinkability...
First beer from this brewery and this one was a winner...
Good stuff...

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Photo of oelergud
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short pin shaped brown 12.7oz glass bottle. Twist off red cap. Black neck label with a red kangaroo, white, black and white label.
Dark orange body with tons of floaties. White head os tiny and small bubbles. Low retention and very little lace.
Sweet fruity scent. Butter and peppered white potato bread.
Well balanced. Some licorice, fruit, hops, potato bread and butter.The aftertaste is mildly hoppy at first but grows in strenght to a nice apex.
Medium body, some coating and a dry finish.
Pretty good drinkability, a different kind of english pala ale though still well within my understanding of the style.


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Photo of avalon07
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color, with an opaque, sediment-rich consistency.

There was a slightly skunky smell about this one. It was malty, but there was something unpleasant about it.

The taste was heavy on malt, but not much else. It just wasn't complex enough to keep my interest.

The mouthfeel was okay, though it could've used a bit more carbonation.

Overall, this is not my sort of beer. It's not necessarily a bad beer, but it's just not that great either.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 2nd Cooper Brew. Again, i'm noticing a funky skunk and a general bland flavor profile.

Rusty orange with faily cloudy (yeast sediment) presence. I like bottle conditioned beers, as a rule of thumb. I also always try to get a second pour with lots of yeast to compare with my first glass, and always seem to enjoy the dregs.

This one however, is farily lackluster. High stingy carbonation and a nice even body. Bitterness there that makes it drinkable and mouthwatery, but there's nothing to the flavor, rather one dimensional.

It grows on you as your glass empties, and the english hops bitterness adds a nice drikability characteristic.

My favorite of the two Cooper's (the other being the Pale Ale).

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Photo of bobsy
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy gold with a finger of white head, that lasts for perhaps half the drink. Holding this up to the light reveals a lot of yeast in suspension - more than I've ever seen before. In fact, a thick layer of yeast settles on the bottom of the glass, about 2 mm thick. Strong malty aroma, with some apple lurking at the edge. The taste is fairly light, with the fruit and malt characters coming through again, but all in all its a little non-descript. The mouthfeel is pretty good - very heavy on the carbonation, but its a sparkling ale, so that's a good thing in my book. Drinkability is fairly decent - maybe too gassy to drink quickly or session - although I'd almost certainly go for something else first.

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Photo of chiapete
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on a night out with friends , during dinner.

poured with a cloudy gold color.

had about a finger of head, seemed to fade quickly, with a little lacing.

Had a doughy aroma , with slight floral scents.

mouth feel was ok but had a differant, fizzy feelng. could taste the hops . could tell it was a pale ale.

I did have one more before the night was over.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Normally I am not a fan of Pale Ales, but this is a definate exception. I went to Outback Steakhouse the other day with the wife. She loves their Bloomin' Onion. I detest the place, personally.

It was a bit busy that night so it took a while before we were seated; 45 minutes to be exact (despite calling ahead, but I degress). We ended up spending 45 minutes at the bar; she drinking pepsi and me matching her with beers. I'd never had this ale and was intrigued by the term 'sparkling'. Before it was even opened I had the distinct suspicion that I was being suckered. But that turned out to be completely false.

It had a sediment at the bottom that needed to be distributed through the beer, and I was thankful that the bartender remembered to turn it upside down and roll it prior to opening it because otherwise I might have had a bad experience.

As it was, I greatly enjoyed this ale and will likely purchase this and only this the next time my wife drags me to Outback Steakhouse. (by the way, the first one the bartender opened was rolled a bit roughly as she tried to distribute the sediment around and she ended up giving me a second one for free as an aology. Best mistake ever.)

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from jenny lou's in beijing

cloudy brownish amber, not too much head, but manages to keep a ring of foam. lacing fades quickly however. tried to decant slowly, but still plenty of sediment.

some floral hop aroma, certainly letting you know that a pale ale is approaching. hint of yeast.

faint acidity, bold hops and prominent bitterness highlight my first few sips. some apple-like fruitiness is present. the malt seems a bit subdued for an english style pale. finishes quite bitter.

smooth feel, though the carbonation is on the crisp, almost fizzy side.

decent drinking, and again, a nice addition to my choices out here in china. but not balanced enough to be an exemplary english pale.

oh, and why call it "sparkling" if the yeast will make it cloudy despite my best efforts to decant? lol

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Photo of Strix
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy peach color with a short-lived white head. Smells hoppy, maybe a bit of fruit. Taste strikes me as quite light and crisp, yet with substance. Overall a sense of fruit and hops, some vague citrus in the background with a mild hoppy finish, not very bitter. Mouthfeel nice and substantial, yet bubbly. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of SargeC
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Mild hops, with aromatic yeast and subdued malt.

Taste: Yeast characters followed by a mellow malt quality. Hints of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: This is rugged ale. Very rustic, yet very drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden blond color with sediment from bottle conditioning and a thick one-finger head. Aroma is bready/biscuity and only mildly fruity. Taste is fruity upfront with a nice breadiness in the aftertaste. I think I can detect esters, which also give it a bit of a banana flavor. Smooth. Inoffensive. Seems to go down ok. Nothing impressive though.

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Photo of xare
2.52/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours as a hazy cloudy and transparent orange color with tons of sediment and absolutely no head whatsoever. Rather fizzy though, which is what it's supposed to be when it's sparkling.

Smells like a faint aroma of malt and hops with some fruit overtones. It isn't really appealing to me but might remind some of hefeweizzens. Tastes like a malted orange but isn't fizzy, which is surprising. Then again, I'm drinking an aged bottle (1 year in the cellar).

Mouthfeel - has some fizz but for some reason, it doesn't feel very good in my mouth. Drinkability is somewhat decent, but doesn't impress me very much. A bit below average but it isn't too horrible.

Overall, I wouldn't drink this beer regularly but might want to pull it out once a year or so, just for the novelty value.

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Coopers Sparkling Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
3.56 out of 5 based on 636 ratings.
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